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Scottish colleges' and universities' relationship with the EU

We are working with colleges, universities, the Scottish Government, and wider stakeholders to identify and respond to the potential impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU).


Update on the UK’s relationship with the EU

Our Brexit Update [PDF] sets out the latest position on matters related to Brexit. We will continue to update this document as developments occur.

Brexit and COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis represents a significant external shock to the further and higher education sectors, and the joint impact of Brexit and COVID-19 is expected to present a number of challenges in the years to come. SFC has been asked by Scottish Ministers to conduct a review to consider how best to achieve coherence and sustainability in the future delivery of further and higher education taking account of the joint impact of the COVID-19 crisis and Brexit transition.


Following the UK' exit from the EU, Scotland is not able to participate in the Erasmus scheme. Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. The Scottish Government is exploring how institutions can continue to benefit from the scheme and use existing relationships. We will continue to monitor and inform our stakeholders of relevant updates.


The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s scheme to provide funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. The new application site is live, with accompanying application guidance.

Producing or contributing to reports and publications

We published guidance for Scottish colleges and universities on managing a no-deal Brexit, as well as a Brexit checklist. As the UK has now left the EU with a deal, we have removed these documents.

Responding to consultations

We responded to consultations on a range of issues covering topics such as the Horizon programme, European Structural Funds, the future of immigration, and international engagement post-Brexit. Copies of our formal submissions are below:

Consultations were at a Scottish, UK and European level. Please contact us if you would like to discuss any of our responses.

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